Posts in category "military"

Rudy Guiliani: Republican Loose Popgun

My mother was not a philosopher. But she did pass on some practical wisdom to me.  “Just because someone jumps into a lake, doesn’t mean you should,” she often said.   I guess she knew I would never learn to swim. Another bit of advice she used to drum into our heads was “Consider the... Read more »

On September 6, 1914, the First Battle of the Marne Saved Paris

  One hundred years ago today, the First Battle of the Marne began. Germany had declared war on France back on August 3.  The very next day in response Great Britain did the same on Germany. The Marne is a river that flows into the Seine just north of Paris.  On September 3 the Germans... Read more »

No, Paul Bremer, We Don't Need Your Advice On Iraq

  In search  of some  informed insight on what to do about the tinderbox in  Iraq, the Today Show went slumming this morning.  They called on, of all people, Paul Bremer. I’ll give you a few moments to recover from the shock. Yes, Paul Bremer.  He was the guy Bush II appointed to govern Iraq... Read more »

General John Pope: One of Lincoln's Revolving-Door Commanders

Today’s birthday?  John Pope’s. One of Abe’s generals, one of his hopes. At Second Bull Run  he did not  score a ‘V’, Smashed into  Stonewall, and Longstreet,  and  Lee.    

Andrew Jackson: A la Rand Paul, He Would Not Be a Fan of Federal Reserve

Born today was Andrew Jackson Who,  some  might say, with all the facts in, Was a president of the first rank. Not the least for opposing a National Bank. “Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add… artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to... Read more »

Ethan Allen: Founder of the State of Vermont

[Larkin G. Mead's marble effigy of Ethan Allen in the National Statuary Hall. Given by Vermont in 1876] Born today was Ethan Allen. Colonial hero, but  British felon. Anathema at King George’s court After taking Ticonderoga’s fort. [The cannon seized by Ethan Allen's forces at Fort Ticonderoga was later used effectively in the Battle for... Read more »

Edward Teller: The Original Dr. Strangelove

  Born today was Edward Teller. “The nuclear fusion distinctively stellar For destruction is  best,” he said with aplomb. And that’s how we got the hydrogen bomb.

Marshal Ney: "Bravest of the Brave" N'est-ce pas?

  Born today was Marshall Ney. When Napoleon lost, he had to pay The  Allied executioner. C’est la vie? Nay, c’est la guerre. Ney, who was one of the military heroes of  the Russian campaign (where Napoleon dubbed him “bravest of the brave”) and a gallant commander in many other key battles,  would eventually  plot... Read more »

Stephen Decatur: "The Conqueror of the Barbary Pirates"

Born today was Stephen Decatur American sea captain and navigator. He made our early navy strong And said ‘My country, right or wrong.’ * If right, he’d die for it in any fight. If wrong, he’d  always strive to make it right. One of America’s greatest naval heroes, Decatur met an untimely death in a... Read more »

Isaac Asimov: I, Renaissance Man

Born today was Isaac Asimov. To his memory I bid a fond mazel tov. Prolific author of fiction and non- Somewhere, I wonder, if he’s writing on. I won’t pretend to be objective about Isaac Asimov. I may have read more of his books than any other author’s.  He wrote more than 500 of them. ... Read more »